Pleasant Valley's Dewey gets a new look
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Joshua Krebs, Pleasant Valley Elementary School's principal, right, congratulates George Moretz, center, and his son, Michael Moretz, for a super job in painting Dewey, the school district's book mobile.
Dewey got a facelift.
It went from school bus yellow to Pleasant Valley Blue and White.
Dewey is Pleasant Valley School District's Book Mobile.
The 1985 Chevrolet mini bus was donated by First Student Transportation to the school district last year. It was decided it needed a new look. Thanks to the father/son team of George Moretz Auto Body in Gilbert, George and Michael, both PV graduates, Dewey is now a beautiful PV blue and white.
"We're proud of the work we've done on it. My wife, Connie Moretz, was a reading teacher at PV and involved in its reading program for many years. We did it in honor of those folks involved in reading and for the kids," says George.
"It's just awesome. George and Michael's work on Dewey makes it exciting for the kids," says Joshua Krebs, Pleasant Valley Elementary's principal.
Dewey's new look also includes some very colorful graphics like lettering and pictures of books on it. These were designed by the Graphic and Visual Arts students at Monroe County Technical Institute (MCTI). Then decals were made and installed by Jet Signs of Palmerton.
Dewey was the brain child of a school board member who loved book mobiles as a child. She wanted to see new generations of children enjoy the thrill of visiting a book mobile. Dewey made its first appearance last year and is filled with donated new and used children's books. Dewey, named after the Dewey Decimal System, visits special events in the district that inspire reading, like the Ready, Set, Read programs and Reading Fairs that are geared to late pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade levels.
"With its new coat of paint and great decals, Dewey is even more special. The kids will love it," says Krebs.